Spring is here in Berkley, CA and with it comes the urge to tidy things up and get ready for the warmer weather. One thing on your to-do list is probably to clean windows. All that build up from winter dirt and debris not only looks bad, but can also make windows difficult to operate. The last thing you want is permanent damage. So here are a few supplies you need along with steps to follow for cleaning your windows this spring.
Supplies for Window Cleaning
Here is what you need:
Generic glass cleaner
Lint free cloths
Plastic putty knife
Soft bristle brush
Do not use:
Solvents or nail polish remover
Cleaners with chlorine bleach
Liquid grease removers
Step 1. Clean the Frame
Once you have assembled your supplies, remove the sashes and screens for easy access to all window surfaces. Use a sponge, warm water, and your mild detergent to wash the frames. Remove dirt and rinse with clean water. Do not let water pool in the frames. Use a towel to dry the area as quickly as possible.
Step 2. Clean the Glass
Next, get out your generic glass cleaner and your lint-free cloths. Spray cleaner directly on the glass and wipe away immediately. Again, do not let cleaner drip down the glass. It can pool inside the frame and cause problems down the road. Also, do not use metal scrapers or other abrasives for tough spots. These could damage the glass coatings. Instead, just spray the glass cleaner and use a soft bristle brush or plastic putty knife. Tip: for a streak-free clean, many professionals suggest using newspaper instead of cloth.
Step 3. Clean and Lube the Tracks
Use your vacuum to remove loose debris. Then, use a dry cloth to wipe down the tracks. If something is stuck in the track, try removing it with the plastic putty knife or the soft bristle brush. Once clear, lubricate the track with your silicone spray. But don’t spray directly on the track. Overspray could get on the frame or the glass and you will have to start all over. Instead, spray the lubricant onto the cloth, then wipe down the jamb liner and track.
Step 4. Clean the Screens
Once the rest of the window is clean, the last step is cleaning the screens. For this, you want to lay your screens out on a flat surface outside or prop them up in the shower. Be careful not to rip or damage the screens. Use the mild soap and the soft brush to remove tough dirt on both sides. Then rinse the screens with clear water and set them up to dry. Again, do not use a pressure washer or special nozzle on the hose. It could damage your window screens.
Call A-Taylor Made Window Today
Do you have specific questions about cleaning you windows? Or do you think it might be time for replacement windows in Berkley, CA? Call us today at 510-559-5530 or stop by 5327 Jacuzzi St. #5E, Richmond, CA 94804. We have been serving our neighbors in Berkley, CA and the surrounding area since 1972. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to address any inquiries you have about windows.